In our bustling city, there is always a new trend to watch. There is so much fashion walking the streets and runways of NYC that we might seem the epicenter of it all. Close, but not quite. Wherever we stand in the making of new trends, there is certainly something to be said about our interest in them. There are positive aspects of following trends, and then there are things about trends that we should be aware of before making big decisions, such as undergoing cosmetic surgery.
Trends typically drive our desire for fashion. However, there is a direct correlation between what’s in and what body type society says is beautiful at any given time. Just like there are trends in fashion, there are trends in cosmetic plastic surgery. This could reflect the desire on some people’s part to fit that ideal body type. The thing is, there is no such thing. Let’s see how we have viewed body types over just the past 100 or so years:
- The Gibson Girl. Maybe you’ve never heard of her. She didn’t exist. This perfect female body type was the creation of Charles Gibson, esteemed fashion illustrator of his time. To fit the ideal body, women corseted up their midsection to achieve exaggerated curves a la Jessica Rabbit.
- The Flapper. Women in the Flapper era of the 1920s didn’t have to work quite so hard. Their clothing was the star of the show, fringed to the max to accentuate movement.
- The Star-Spangled Woman. After WWII, fashion dictated that it was the tall, strong body type that was beautiful. Clothing was made to accentuate the breasts (pointed and industrial) and the shoulders (padded and squared).
- The Hippy. Hippy dippy chickies in the 60s had the very little shape (circa 1920!). The ideal body type was super thin and flat-chested. Hips? Not in those bell-bottoms! Throughout the 70s, it was the thinner, more athletic frame that remained “in.”
- Today, what we deem beautiful is the derrière. 2014 may have been dubbed the Year of the Butt, but the trend began years prior (2010) and continued to this day.
Beauty isn’t a Trend
Beauty is timeless, not trendy. When we consult with patients about Brazilian Butt Lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, or any other procedure, it is the authentic beauty that we seek, not a trendy body type.
Discover how to bring out the best in your appearance. Call the office of NYC cosmetic surgeon Dr. Paul Lorenc at (212) 472-2900.